2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction Winner Announcement date and timings


The winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2020 will be announced from 12 noon (BST) / 3pm (GST) on Tuesday 14 April 2020. 

The announcement will be made digitally via a special video announcement hosted on the IPAF website. Please tune in to watch the announcement here.  

This will include speeches and comments from the IPAF team who run the prize, this year’s Chair of Judges Muhsin Al-Musawi, and the winning author. 

As previously announced, this year there will not be an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. 
The 2020 shortlist, listed in alphabetical order by author surname, is as follows:
The Spartan Court by Abdelouahab Aissaoui. Published by Dar Mim
The Russian Quarter by Khalil Alrez. Published by Difaf Publishing
The King of India by Jabbour Douaihy. Published by Dar Al Saqi
Firewood of Sarajevo by Said Khatibi. Published by Al-Ikhtilef
The Tank by Alia Mamdouh. Published by Al-Mutawassit
Fardeqan – the Detention of the Great Sheikh by Youssef Ziedan. Published by Dar al-Shorouk
The 2019 winner was Hoda Barakat’s The Night Mail
The Prize is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) and run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.